• Annual General Meeting
    and Director Election 2019

  • Members vote doctor directors to the Avant Mutual Board

    Following another strong year for Avant, members have voted to elect Dr Beverley Rowbotham and Miss Gillian Farrell to the Avant Mutual Board.

    “This year, nine high quality candidates offered themselves for election to the Mutual Board and on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank them all for putting themselves forward for election,” said Mr Patrick Esplin, Group Company Secretary of Avant Mutual.

    “On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to announce that Dr Beverley Rowbotham has been re-elected and to welcome new member director, Miss Gillian Farrell to the Board.”  

    The Chair, Dr Beverley Rowbotham, thanked Professor Simon Willcock and the Hon John Fahey for their dedication and advocation of Avant during their time as directors and wish them well for their next chapters.

    Avant has had another strong year with more than 6,100 new members taking out medical indemnity protection with us. We now provide indemnity cover to 76,700 doctors and medical students.

    Our primary focus is of course, to defend and support our members who may experience a wide range of stressful adverse events including complaints, litigation, investigations, employment and training disputes, and a range of other negative experiences that distract them from their crucial clinical work.

    Members have accessed more support services than ever before. 2018-19 saw 24,000 phone calls into our Medico-legal Advisory Service, nearly double what it was a few years ago.

    As the needs of our members evolve, so do our services, 2019 saw us introduce yet more services, products and educational resources to support our members.

    The full Avant Mutual Board consists of voting member directors: Dr Jan Dudley, Dr William Glasson, Dr Steve Hambleton, Dr Beverley Rowbotham, Dr Douglas Travis, Miss Gillian Farrell, and appointed non-member directors Mr Peter Beck, Mr Duncan West and Mr Peter Polson.

    The AGM was held on 21 November 2019.